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World Golf Glance

June 17, 2014

US PGA TOUR

TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Cromwell, Connecticut.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC River Highlands (6,854 yards, 6,267 metres, par 70).

Purse: $6.2 million. Winner’s share: $1,116,000.

Last year: Ken Duke won his first US PGA Tour title, beating Chris Stroud with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Last week: Martin Kaymer won the US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 for his second major title. The German shot 65-65-72-69 for a leading-all-the-way, eight-stroke victory.

Notes: Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton is coming off a second-place tie at Pinehurst. ... Masters champion Bubba Watson won the 2010 tournament for his first US PGA Tour title, overcoming a six-stroke deficit and beating Scott Verplank on the second hole of playoff. ... J.J. Henry won in 2006 to become the first Connecticut winner in tournament history. ... The Quicken Loans National is next week at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland, followed by The Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

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EUROPEAN TOUR

IRISH OPEN

Site: Cork, Ireland.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Fota Island Resort (7,043 yards, 6,440 metres, par 71).

Purse: $2.71 million. Winner’s share: $452,085.

Last year: England’s Paul Casey won at Carton House, closing with consecutive 67s for a three-stroke victory over Robert Rock and Joost Luiten.

Last week: Martin Kaymer won the US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 for his second major title. The German won by eight strokes.

Notes: Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke top the Irish contingent along with Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, the 2007 winner at Adare Manor, and Shane Lowry, the 2009 champion as an amateur at County Louth. McIlroy won the BMW PGA last month at Wentworth for his first victory of the year. ... Matthew Fitzpatrick is making his pro debut. The 19-year-old English player was the low amateur in the US Open, tying for 48th. He won the US Amateur last year. ... John Daly is in the field. ... The BMW International Open is next week in Germany, followed by the French Open.

Online: http://www.europeantour.com

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U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION

U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN

Site: Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, No. 2 Course (6,649 yards, 6,080 metres, par 70).

Purse: TBA ($3,175,000 in 2013). Winner’s share: TBA ($585,000 in 2013).

Last year: Inbee Park won at Sebonack in New York for her third straight major title and the last of her six 2013 US LPGA Tour victories. She finished at 8 under for a four-stroke victory. Park also won in 2008 at Interlachen.

Last event: Park won the Manulife Financial Classic on June 8 in Waterloo, Ontario, for her first tour title since her victory at Sebonack. She closed with a 10-under 61 for a three-stroke victory.

Notes: Lucy Li, at 11, is the youngest player in tournament history. She qualified at Half Moon Bay in California with rounds of 74 and 68. ... Lexi Thompson won the first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco in California in April. She was the previous youngest player at 12 in 2007. ... Top-ranked Stacy Lewis, Jessica Korda, Karrie Webb and Anna Nordqvist are two-time winners this year. ... Michelle Wie won in Hawaii in April and has eight top-10 finishes in 12 events this year. ... South Korean players have won the event in the last three years. So Yeon Ryu in 2011, and Na Yeon Choi in 2012. ... Martin Kaymer won the US Open on the course on Sunday. He shot 65-65-72-69 to finish at 9 under and win by eight strokes. ... The 2015 tournament will be played at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania. ... The NW Arkansas Championship is next week in Rogers, Arkansas.

Online: http://www.usopen.com/women

US LPGA Tour site: http://www.lpga.com

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

MEN

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Encompass Championship, Friday-Sunday, North Shore Country Club, Glenview, Illinois. Online: http://www.pgatour.com

WEB.COM TOUR: Air Capital Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kansas. Online: http://www.pgatour.com

PGA OF AMERICA: PGA Professional National Championship, Sunday-June 25, The Dunes Golf Club & Beach Club, Grande Dunes Resort Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Online: http://www.pga.com

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Japan Golf Tour Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Shishido Hills Country Club, West Course, Ibaraki, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org

PGA TOUR CANADA: Syncrude Boreal Open, Thursday-Sunday, Fort McMurray Golf Club, Fort McMurray, Alberta. Online: http://www.pgatourcanada.com

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Belgian Challenge Open, Thursday-Sunday, Cleydael Golf and Country Club, Aartselaar, Belgium. Online: http://www.europeantour.com

NGA TOUR: Cutter Creek Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Cutter Creek Golf Club, Snow Hill, North Carolina. Online: http://www.ngatour.com

eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Mimosa Hills Open, Wednesday-Saturday, Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club, Morganton, North Carolina. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com

WOMEN

SYMETRA TOUR: Four Winds Invitational, Friday-Sunday, Blackthorn Golf Club, South Bend, Indiana. Online: http://www.symetratour.com

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Slovak Ladies Open, Thursday-Sunday, Tale Golf Resort, Brezno, Slovakia. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Nichirei PGM Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Sodegaura Country Club, Chiba, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp

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